Disney Interactive Studios today announced Club Penguin Game Day! is being developed exclusively for Wii. Scheduled for release this September, Club Penguin Game Day! will mark the franchise’s video game console debut.
Based on the snow-covered virtual world that’s captivated millions around the globe, Club Penguin Game Day! will delve into the environment, characters and storylines of the online playground of Club Penguin like never before. The game will include innovative ways to connect with ClubPenguin.com and new, interactive mini-games to challenge and engage the whole family.
“Club Penguin has always maintained a really strong emphasis on social, family fun and the value of working together,” said Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “Moving onto the Wii platform lets us offer parents a great opportunity to connect with their kids in the comfort of their own living room around an active game that’s participatory, cooperative and a lot of fun for everyone, and that’s something we’re really excited about.”
In Club Penguin Game Day!, players create and customize a penguin and compete in a variety of single or multiplayer sports-themed racing and performance events such as Java Sack, Fast Freeze, Sled & Slide and Sumo Smash. Each time players beat a challenge, they conquer a zone on the island. The ultimate goal is for players to work with their team and conquer as much territory as possible.
Club Penguin Game Day! will be the third video game in the franchise, following the recent release of Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge for Nintendo DS™. The highly anticipated sequel to the original DS game, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force, which was released in 2008 and sold more than 1.5 million units worldwide, introduced intriguing new missions and mysteries for Elite Penguin Force agents.
“As the Club Penguin phenomenon continues to grow, it makes sense to bring the brand to Wii,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios.“ Club Penguin Game Day! combines the distinct look and feel of the Club Penguin virtual world with competitive games that are easy to pick up and play using the Wii Remote.”
Club Penguin Game Day! will allow players to transfer their customized penguins via their Wii Remote™ to a friend’s Wii for use in gameplay. Once back on the original console, high scores, coins and customization items earned will merge with the player’s profile.
As with the two DS games, players can also upload coins earned in game to ClubPenguin.com, but the new game will take the elements of online-offline connectivity even further by also allowing players to synchronize their in-game penguins and achievements with their online penguin accounts.
Published by Disney Interactive Studios, Club Penguin Game Day! is Rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). For more information, visit: http://www.disney.com/clubpenguingameday.
Club Penguin and its millions of animated penguin inhabitants are going green. On April 22, 2010, the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the popular children’s virtual world will launch a special online party and new ways for its players to exercise their passion for making the world a better place.
“Our players constantly ask for ways they can improve the virtual world of Club Penguin and the world at large, and we like to encourage that spirit of global citizenship and giving back,” says Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios. “Children today are far more environmentally aware than ever before and they truly want to make a difference. It’s important that their experiences on Club Penguin reflect and reinforce those ideals.”
The Earth Day party will allow the kids who play Club Penguin to work together to make good things happen in the online community, and will include the launch of a permanent recycling depot and community garden, which players will be responsible for maintaining. In addition, players will have the opportunity to help plant and nurture a community tree, which will become a permanent fixture on the virtual island’s snow-covered landscape. In an effort to further promote sustainability and encourage environmentally friendly behavior, Club Penguin will also offer suggestions on things kids can do in the real world.
“We hope by taking an active role in caring for the virtual environment of Club Penguin, where their penguin avatars live, work and play, the kids will realize they have an important role to play, and they’ll take those lessons into their home communities and find ways to make a positive difference in the real world,” says Merrifield.
Club Penguin is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and is enjoyed by players in more than 190 countries. Word filters and live moderators monitor chat and activity on the site and work to prevent the sharing of inappropriate or personally identifiable information. Club Penguin is free to play, however paying members receive special features such as front-of-the-line access to game features, exclusive parties and opportunities to customize their penguin and igloo.
The 2010 Earth Day party is just one example of Club Penguin’s ongoing efforts to motivate its players to help change the world. A portion of the proceeds from each Club Penguin membership purchase supports organizations working to improve the lives of children and families around the globe. The annual Coins for Change online giving campaign lets players vote on where some of those donations go, including to environmental causes.
Club Penguin also supports kids or schools that want to help a village in one of the world’s poorest regions with a matching gift program, and sponsors a free speaking tour and leadership program to empower elementary school students. For more information on these and other initiatives, visit http://www.clubpenguin.com/global-citizenship/.
Agents of the exclusive Elite Penguin Force are being called back into action. Disney Interactive Studios officially announced today the development of Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge, the sequel to the 2008 top Nintendo DS™ title, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force. This follows the initial unveiling earlier this week by Lane Merrifield, co-founder of Club Penguin and executive vice president of Disney Online Studios, and Steve Wadsworth, president of Disney Interactive Media Group, during their respective keynote addresses at the Engage! Expo at Toy Fair and the D.I.C.E. Summit.
“Fans of the original DS game can expect to navigate through popular, familiar elements from the virtual world, plus numerous new adventures and gadgets unique to DS.”
The original DS game, which was released holiday 2008, offered an innovative new way to extend the adventure and storyline of Club Penguin onto a portable platform. For the first time, fans were able to experience the fun and imagination of their favorite virtual world while on the go. The game sold more than 1.5 million units worldwide and spawned a popular downloadable mission, “The Puffle Pranksters,” which has been downloaded by kids around the globe at an incredible rate since it launched this past holiday season.
“We were very pleased with the incredible response to the first DS title, and the kids have given us tremendous feedback, making it clear they want to experience even more Club Penguin adventures on DS,” said Merrifield. “Developing a sequel was a great way to meet that need while exploring more ways for fans to experience the Club Penguin virtual world offline.”
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge follows the misadventures of Herbert – a vegetarian polar bear who can’t swim and dislikes the cold. Returning characters include Gary the Gadget Guy, Dot and Rookie. Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge will introduce new mini-games and feature mission-based gameplay that’s been embraced by kids around the world, both online at ClubPenguin.com and on DS.
“Featuring new mysteries, missions and mini-games, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge will continue to entertain and delight kids around the world,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president of global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “Fans of the original DS game can expect to navigate through popular, familiar elements from the virtual world, plus numerous new adventures and gadgets unique to DS.”
As with the original DS game, Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge allows players to earn coins that can be seamlessly uploaded to their online Club Penguin accounts or used to make purchases in-game. Fans will also be able to unlock special locations in the virtual world at ClubPenguin.com.
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force: Herbert’s Revenge is being developed by 1st Playable Productions and will be available by this summer.
Although it was previously announced that Kirk Cameron would be co-replacing Vanessa Williams as narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 12-13, an announcement has recently been made that it will now be theatrical legend Chita Rivera.
As per Disney Parks, Kirk Cameron will be replacing Vanessa Williams as narrator on December 12 & 13. It was also previously announced that Abigail Breslin extended her role, commencing on the 14th.
Click here to see the full schedule.
Vanessa Williams will now be performing on just the weekend of December 12 – 13. Abigail Breslin will be taking on the 14th in addition to her original schedule through the 17th.
As we reported earlier, Crystal Palace will be closed for refurbishments from January 3 through January 13, 2010. During this time, characters will once again return to Liberty Tree Tavern in Frontierland and the table service location will serve breakfast in addition to lunch and dinner. Once Crystal Palace returns, Liberty Tree will resume with lunch and dinner service only and no character experience.
Details Emerging on the 2009 Candlelight Processional Package for Dining; 2 TS Credits, Includes Illuminations
The following information has recently become available on dining packages Epcot’s Candlelight Processional (CPP):
The CPP has been raised to 2 TS credits this year if you are on the Disney Dining Plan (and choose to use it).
In addition to preferred seating for the Candlelight Processional (that is, the CPP line being able to enter the America Gardens Theater prior to the standby line), the package also includes access to a reserved area for Illuminations viewing (specifics not yet known).
Times for the meals for the package are as follows: For the 5 pm show, ADRs will be for lunch from 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm; for the 6:45 pm show, ADRs will be for dinner from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm; and for the 8:15 pm show, ADRs will be from 5 pm – 6 pm.
Dining location options are as follows:
For Biergarten and Garden Grill (which serves dinner only) (Tier 1), cost is Lunch: $32.99 (Adult)/$17.99 (Child) and Dinner: $44.99 (Adult) / $22.99 (Child)
For Nine Dragons, Restaurant Marrakesh, Rose and Crown, and San Angel Inn (Tier 2), cost is Lunch: $38.99 (Adult)/$12.99 (Child) and Dinner: $44.99 (Adult) / $14.99 (Child)
For Chefs De France, Coral Reef, Le Cellier, Teppen Edo, Tokyo Dining, Tutto Italia (Tier 3), cost is Lunch: $51.99 (Adult)/$13.99 (Child) and Dinner: $58.99 ($60.99 for 8:15 show) (Adult) / $15.99 (Child)
All meals include appetizer, entre, dessert and beverage. Tax and Gratuity are NOT included.
There is conflicting information on whether items will be from the regular or a selected menu where applicable.
For a list of Candlelight Processional narrators and dates for 2009, click here.
Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana) Takes Her Turn at Narrating Epcot’s Candlelight Processional December 6-8
Disney has just announced that The Princess and the Frog star Anika Noni Rose will be the narrator for Epcot’s 2009 Candlelight Processional from December 6 – 8. The list previously published here has been updated.
Via its twitter, Disney Parks has announced that Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams and Whoopi Goldberg will join returning celebrity narrators Andy Garcia, John O’Hurley, Abigail Breslin, Brian Dennehy, Angela Bassett, Edward James Olmos and Steven Curtis Chapman.
The schedule is as follows:
November 27 – 29, Isabella Rossellini
November 30 – Dec 2, John O’ Hurley
December 3 – 5, Steven Curtis Chapman
December 6 – 8, Anika Noni Rose
December 9 – 11, Andy Garcia
December 12 – 13, Chita Rivera
December 14 – 17, Abigail Breslin
December 18 – 20, Whoopi Goldberg
December 21 – 23, Brian Dennehy
December 24 – 26, Edward James Olmos
December 27 – 30, Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
* Updated on 12/7: Chita Rivera replaces Kirk Cameron
* Updated on 12/2: Kirk Cameron and Abigail Breslin replace Vanessa Williams
* Updated on 7/29: Disney has announced Anika Noni Rose (Princess Tiana of the Princess and the Frog) to be the narrator on December 6-8.